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Jul 27, 2014 — The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.
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Jul 26, 2014 — The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year's event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.
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Jul 23, 2014 — Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.
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Jul 14, 2014 — Alberto Contador apparently hit something in the road, sending him into a crash so violent that it tore his shoe apart.
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Jul 9, 2014 — After falling twice in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race, Chris Froome is forced to abandon his quest to repeat last year's victory.
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Aug 21, 2013 — Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. Anti-doping authorities plan to keep the samples for eight years, possibly to test them again.
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Jul 21, 2013 — Organizers feared this year's Tour de France wouldn't generate the excitement of previous years, but viewership was up and there's been a lot of excitement generated by the win of a British cyclist for the second year in a row.
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Jul 12, 2013 — Citing the inclusion of women at the world's top marathons, the petition's authors say, "After a century, it is about time women are allowed to race the Tour de France, too."
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Jun 29, 2013 — The pileups were predictable. But a bus getting stuck under an arch at the finish line was not. It was moved out of the way just in time for the first stage of the Tour to be completed. Germany's Marcel Kittel was the leader after Day 1.
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Jun 28, 2013 — Last year's champion, Bradley Wiggins, is out; Chris Froome is in. There's also a changing of the guard for American riders, foremost among them Tejay van Garderen, 24, who won the white jersey as the Tour's best young rider last year.
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